NEW Grains Research and Development Corporation board chairman Richard Clark sees investment in grains research, development and extension as critical to the viability of the cropping industry.
Mr Clark, a grain grower and company director from northern New South Wales, took control of the chairman's position on Tuesday.
''The Australian grains sector is a significant contributor to the national economy and to the sustainability of rural and regional communities,” Mr Clark said.
''GRDC’s investment in RD&E activities – on behalf of growers and the Australian Government – underpins the grains industry’s success so it is vital that the organisation continues to be well placed and equipped to respond to industry challenges.
“Without investment in the right RD&E, the grains industry would go backwards,” Mr Clark said.